Lenton school could reopen as part of Dunkirk Primary School

A Nottingham primary school which was closed four years ago may be reopened because of over subscription problems, the city council have said.

The former Lenton Primary and Nursery school was one of three in the area to be closed due to falling numbers.

But over the past two years there has been a shortage of school places for four-year-olds in Lenton and Radford, the city council said.

The authority is now considering opening it as part of Dunkirk Primary.


Councillor David Mellen, portfolio holder for children's services, said: "There are a number of factors leading to the increasing demand for primary school places in Lenton and Radford.

"I believe that this is also an indication that there is growing confidence in the education provision in the city."

Jane Alford, head teacher at Dunkirk Primary School, said: "Although we recognise the sensitivities for families and staff of the former school, we are excited about the possibilities of utilising these special buildings again.

"There is an urgent need to address the acute shortage of school places in Nottingham."

The number of families with young children living in these areas of the city has increased significantly and is set to rise further as new family housing is developed in Lenton, the authority said.

The council is proposing to double the capacity of Dunkirk Primary and Nursery School from September 2012, with a split-site school and will launch a formal consultation on the plans at the school on 22 February.

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